No, this has nothing to do with that awesome TV mini-series we all watched in the 80s. But, I did read it after watching this mini-series. I had to see what I might have been missing, by reading the book. I really must stop watching the film versions of novels before I actually read them. (Which is why I refuse to go see The Help before I read the book.)
North and South is by Victorian novelist Elizabeth Gaskell. I would easily say she is on par with Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters. It was so hard to put this book down, I even read a chapter or two in bed at night by the light of my smart phone. I think that Margaret Hale is now one of my favorite heroines in English Literature. (John Thornton, isn't too shabby, either.) I am looking forward to reading (and watching) more of Mrs. Gaskell's works.
So, please read the book first, as it has much more depth than the film version, but then go ahead and watch the mini-series. (And let me know what you think of the ending...)
P.S. Today is Turn the Page ... Tuesday over at Some of a Kind. Take a peek!